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Today's Sports

  • Chargers rally to trip up Skiers

    The first period of Chatfield’s key Foothills League showdown against Aspen turned out to be an aberration rather than a harbinger.

    The Chargers shook off an unlucky start and a 1-0 deficit Feb. 5 and stormed back for a 5-3 victory over the Skiers at the Edge Ice Arena.

  • Shorthanded Eagles hang on

    All teams have to face adversity; it’s just a matter of how they deal with it.

    The Dakota Ridge boys basketball team was put in a tough predicament when junior Danny DiFolco suffered a concussion Jan. 29 during a win over Standley Lake and had to miss some games, including a Feb. 5 showdown with Green Mountain.

    Without DiFolco and junior Cooper Robbins (knee) the Eagles overcame to beat the Rams 63-61 and remain atop the Jeffco League.

  • Signing day nets record for...

    National signing day is always historic for the athletes and their families. It can also be historic for the school they represent.

    The Chatfield Chargers saw three football players sign Division I scholarships Feb. 3, the most from that school in its 25 years.

    Chatfield athletic director Chad Broer offered that nugget of information as tight end Kyle Slavin (Colorado), quarterback Sam Stratton (Wyoming) and offensive tackle Alex Novosel (Nevada-Las Vegas) signed their college letters of intent, along with basketball standout Trevor Wages (School of Mines).

  • Spond's future lay in his...

    Francis Xavier, a 16th-century Basque missionary, is credited with writing: “Give me the children until they are seven, and anyone may have them afterward.”

    Supporters (and some critics) of the Catholic Church mention Xavier when highlighting the lasting influence the religion has on its members. Score another victory this week for Rome in the football recruiting wars.

  • Ise, Ise, baby

    ARVADA — If you have to step up to take some game-winning free throws, it helps to have a nickname like “Ice.”

    OK, so maybe it’s more like “Ise,” but Columbine senior Nick Isenburg was the perfect guy to put an end to a maddening fourth quarter Jan. 27 against Arvada West.

    Having watched the Rebels stall just long enough to turn the ball over or miss a series of wide-open layups, Isenburg was put on the free-throw line with 9 seconds remaining and the visitors down 46-45.

  • New superhero: Kurtenbach

    ARVADA — Kate Kurtenbach practices to be amazing.

    But seriously, to hit two 3-pointers Jan. 26, the first from just inside half-court to send the game into overtime, and the other with 12 seconds left to give Chatfield a 65-64 victory over Ralston Valley? Who does this stuff?

    “I practice those all the time. I seriously do,” Kurtenbach said. “Usually from half-court. So I was just like, ‘OK, I’ve been here before.’ And when it went in I just went ecstatic.”

  • Morris-led Eagles down Standley...

    After losing three of their first five Jeffco league games, the Dakota Ridge girls basketball team entered last week’s two-game homestand needing to win both games to get back in the race. Mission accomplished.

    After beating Pomona 47-29 on Jan. 26, the Eagles overcame an early eight-point deficit to defeat Standley lake 58-46 three days later.

    “These wins are really important,” Dakota Ridge sophomore Kylie Morris said.

  • Rebels rally, clip Eagles

    With his team down 2-1 at the first intermission, Columbine assistant coach Brent Bohn told his team what the outcome would be.

    “I just reminded these guys to keep their composure, work on penalties and stay out of the box… I told them if they did they’d win this game, I told them it would be a 4-3 final score and that’s what it ended up being,” Bohn said.

  • Faced with defeat, Chargers hunt...

    The Chatfield Chargers were in grave danger of losing their first dual meet of the season on Jan. 28 against Westminster.

    With the team down 33-15 and five matches to go, the Chargers’ turned to their experienced wrestlers and took all five matches as they eked out a 41-33 victory in their home gym.

    Dakota Thayer, Tony Pena, Erik Gaytan, Cory Wittwer and all won their matches to put Chatfield back in the lead, but it all came down to the last match that saw junior Jordan Crites of Chatfield going against Dominique Martinez.

  • GIRLS HOOPS: Chatfield 52,...

    The girls earned the Chargers a rivalry split with Dakota Ridge after blowing up for 24 points in the first quarter and holding on in the fourth.

    Chrissy Armstrong led the Chargers with 16 points, Emily Kotulak scored 10, and Cassandra Hanna and Kate Kurtenbach added eight points apiece.

    Chatfield led 24-12 after eight minutes and extended its lead to 44-26 entering the fourth quarter.